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Welcome to Montreal

The capital of French-speaking Canada boasts an enviable combination of history, cuisine, and nonstop cultural happenings. Walking and biking tours are among the best ways to explore the city’s neighborhoods—from Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) to Chinatown—and hit must-see landmarks such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Mount Royal, and St. Joseph’s Oratory. Ascend Montreal Tower Observatory for panoramic city views, or book a food tour to immerse yourself in the internationally influenced culinary scene. Montreal is also ideally located for day trips to Montmorency Falls, Quebec City, and Quebec’s wineries, as well as Rivière-du-Loup whale-watching excursions.

Top 10 attractions in Montreal

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Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

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Once a busy shipping hub, the Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal) is now an entertainment center stretching along the St. Lawrence River. In addition to the promenade, the port is also home to the Montreal Science Centre, La Grande Roue de Montréal, an observation wheel, a boat spa, and seasonal outdoor attractions including an urban beach and an ice rink.More
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Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal)

Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal)

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Built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal) now houses several attractions that form Montreal’s Space for Life museum district. There’s the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the 56,000-seater Olympic Stadium, the Biodome, an indoor zoo with around 4,500 animals, as well as the Botanical Gardens and Insectarium in neighboring Maisonneuve Park.More
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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) charms visitors with its picturesque squares, grand old-world architecture, and winding cobblestone streets. Whether in the Old Port or walking down the main street Rue Saint-Paul, it’s easy to feel transported back in time—in fact, some architectural remains date back to New France. The historic site is considered to be the best preserved Old Town in North America.More
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Mount Royal

Mount Royal

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Mount Royal (Mont Royal), a 764-foot (233-meter) “mountain” in the midst of urban Montreal, is much-loved by locals and visitors alike, with Montrealers frequenting the leafy slopes as if the area were their own backyard. Cyclists, joggers, sunbathers, picnickers, and strollers abound in summer, while snowshoers, tobogganers, ice skaters, and cross-country skiers dominate in winter. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted—the creative force behind New York City’s Central Park—the 470-acre (190-hectare) Mount Royal Park (Parc du Mont-Royal) encompasses forest trails, manmade monuments, and grassy meadows for picnicking. On a clear day, the views from the Mount Royal summit lookout can’t be beaten.More
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St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal (L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal)

St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal (L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal)

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St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal) located in Montreal’s Westmount neighborhood, is Canada’s largest church and a registered National Historic Site. Started as a small chapel in 1904, the Roman Catholic basilica has grown to contain a cryptic church, a museum, gardens, a 56-bell carillon, and one of the largest church domes in the world.More
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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)

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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal) is the city's oldest Catholic church and the venue of Quebec hero Celine Dion’s wedding. The Gothic Revival-style church is one of Canada’s most lavish cathedrals, with stained-glass windows, intricate wood carvings, frescoes, sculptures, and a 7,000-pipe organ all vying for attention beneath a blue ceiling studded with gold stars.More
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Montreal Chinatown

Montreal Chinatown

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Montreal Chinatown was established in the late 19th century with the arrival of Chinese immigrants from western Canada who came to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Though just a couple of blocks long, the district offers a wide selection of Asian eateries and shops selling traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.More
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Mile End

Mile End

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Situated at the northernmost point of Montreal’s Plateau, Mile End is known for its array of independent shops, cafés, and underground music venues. The vibrant neighborhood, a cultural hub since the 1980s, is teeming with highly-rated restaurants and historical landmarks, from classic bagelries to scenes from the novels of Mordecai Richler.More
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Montreal Science Centre (Centre des Sciences de Montréal)

Montreal Science Centre (Centre des Sciences de Montréal)

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Situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Montreal Science Centre (Centre des Sciences de Montréal) is a museum committed to educating the public about science and technology through hands-on learning. Its IMAX theater, daily programs, and interactive exhibits help make the Science Centre a popular attraction for both visiting and local families.More
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Plateau-Mont-Royal (the Plateau)

Plateau-Mont-Royal (the Plateau)

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Artsy and laid-back, Plateau-Mont-Royal, aka the Plateau, captures the spirit of Montreal perhaps more than any other neighborhood. Spiraling iron staircases crawl up Victorian-era residences on tree-lined streets, while magnificent street murals add color to commercial thoroughfares. Restaurants, cafés, bars, and boutiques abound.More

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A Spooky City Guide to Montreal

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Quebec City Day Trips From Montreal

Haunted Montreal

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Top activities in Montreal

History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour

Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour

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Mont Tremblant Private Day Tour from Montreal
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Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Helicopter Tour Over Montreal
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Helicopter Tour Over Montreal

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3Hr Montreal City Bike Tour with regular or electric bikes, Beer & wine included
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Montreal Bagel Making Workshop
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Montreal Bagel Making Workshop

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Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Montreal

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Interesting itinerary
Liane_F, May 2022
Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal
Recommend for those who want to see more than old town.
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Highly recommend this tour!
Sarah_S, May 2022
Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal
We got to see so much of Montreal that we never would have seen on our own.
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Great history lesson
Kelly_C, Apr. 2022
Explore Old Montreal - Small-Group Walking Tour
Also the list of recommendations of what to see and where to eat were great
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Great Tour
D_L, Apr. 2022
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
After the trip you'll have a better understanding of the sites you'd like to visit while on your stay...
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Well-rounded full day trip!
Rhonda_R, Apr. 2022
Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal
Montmercy Falls was also a beautiful site.
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Great tour!
AnaSofia_F, Apr. 2022
The Sip of Montreal Brew Tour
Loved the locations we got to visit, all of them were different vibes!
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Food Fun!
Marnie_R, Apr. 2022
Mile End Montreal Food & Drink Tour
She made great suggestions on other things to do and places to eat in Montreal
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Great tour with Thom!
Taylor_W, Apr. 2022
Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal
You will get to see amazing of the city that you might not have ventured to on your own.
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Bird's eye view.
Aron_K, Mar. 2022
Admission - La Grande Roue de Montréal - Canada's tallest observation wheel
Enjoyable ride and it was great to see a birds eye view of Montreal.
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Learning history we had...
Eric_G, Mar. 2022
Irish Famine in Montreal Walking Tour
Would like to see more attention on the subject.
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Super tour!
Laurel_C, Mar. 2022
Montreal Intercultural City Tour
Fun to see so many different neighbourhoods.
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5 *
Katie_H, Mar. 2022
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
The two tours are a great way to see the Old Town and learn about the history of Montreal
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Great Experience
Chaitra_U, Feb. 2022
Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal
Exploring Quebec city during heavy winter was truly magical & memorable.
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Brilliant day out
David_J, Feb. 2022
Full-Day City Tour Montreal with Pickup and Local Specialties Tasting
We only had a short time in Montreal but were able to see and experience so much .
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A fun activity to learn!
Jillian_F, Dec. 2021
Awesome Curling Experience
This is a very fun time to try something new and prepare for watching the Winter Olympics.
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Perfect tour for first timers
Lisa_H, Dec. 2021
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
We enjoyed learning from him and getting to see areas of Montreal we hadn’t yet seen.
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Great city overview.!
huizary, Nov. 2021
Half day private city tour - SUV
The Viator rep we booked with had said admission to some of the attractions was included but it was not.
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You can't miss with MTL Detours!
Jordan_G, Apr. 2022
Explore Old Montreal - Small-Group Walking Tour
In fact, I had such a positive experience, that I've just booked another tour with MTL Detours when I return to Montreal this summer.
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Lovely Tour!
Sarah_M, Mar. 2022
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Would definitely recommend to visitors!
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Lesley is the best!
Jennifer_P, Mar. 2022
Winter Charms of Old Montreal - Small-Group Walking Tour
From the moment she introduced herself, to the interesting and humorous facts and stories to the list of helpful suggestions on what to do/see/eat/drink for the rest of our stay.

All about Montreal

When to visit

Montreal does winter in style. From December through March, a heated Underground City pops up, and there's an exciting program of festive holiday events such as Merry Montreal, Igloofest, and the Fête des Neiges. After the thaw, the city comes out to play with a gamut of festivals including Osheaga, MUTEK, Montreal Pride, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

People Also Ask

What is Montreal famous for?

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, and is famous for its French heritage (visible in the historic Vieux-Montreal, or Old Montreal) and bilingual sensibility. The city is renowned for its lively nightlife, acclaimed museums, and destination-worthy dining scene, and for having hosted the Expo 67 and 1976 Summer Olympics.

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What is there to do in Montreal for 1 week?

One week is enough time to see top attractions like Mount Royal Park, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, as well as wander neighborhoods like Old Montreal and Mile End (known for its bagel shops), dine in eclectic restaurants—and even plan a day trip to Ottawa.

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What attractions are there in Montreal?

Montreal is home to dozens of top attractions, from the highlights of its Old Montreal neighborhood (including Notre-Dame Basilica), to Mount Royal Park (plus the St. Joseph's Oratory), the Olympic Park, and Montreal Botanical Garden. Other highlights include the Biodome, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Underground City.

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What is the best month to visit Montreal?

While Montreal is a city that can handle the cold, its deep winter freeze can be a shock to the system for visitors. Instead, visit Montreal in June to enjoy beautiful weather (sans humidity) and a full calendar of festivals, from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Grand Prix Weekend.

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Do they speak English in Montreal?

Yes, Montreal is a bilingual city, and English and French are both widely spoken. However, local etiquette dictates that French first is a preference, and not all locals are as comfortable speaking English. Even if you don't speak French, it's polite to add a few greetings and phrases into your rotation.

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What do locals do in Montreal?

To see Montreal like a local, escape from the Old Port (Vieux Port) and head to the Plateau, where you can nosh on international fare and relax in hip wine and beer bars. Be sure to explore Jean-Talon Market, stroll the Lachine Canal, and go to a cabaret show.

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